weird bogus phone numbers

Started by babobi, May 23, 2012, 06:09:20 PM

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babobi

These dang scammers are getting more insidious everyday as they devise new ways for their calls to go thru, in this case it's from phone numbers that aren't even complete phone numbers. Now I'm getting calls from:

1999
000-000-0999
11999
10999
110000000999

It was the same person, from "The Law Office of Mr. Stephen Klein" with news that I won $250,000.00. And the calls can't be blocked by Google Voice. I put them in the spam folder AND enabled the GV "Block caller" setting and they still ring thru to my landline. The simul ring to my cell phone shows "Unknown" on the Caller ID but when I look at Google Voice history I see these weird short numbers and they ring thru! At first he blocked his number entirely and I have the Obi 110 AnonymousCallBlockEnable setting checked so the calls didn't ring, but then he started using the weird numbers. Any ideas how to block these calls? Thanks!

infin8loop

#1
Pick an empty User Defined Digit Map slot:

Block list, Black list, Circle of Distrust, or Circle of Annoyance:
User Settings -> User Defined Digit Maps -> User Defined Digit MapX -> Label : blk
User Settings -> User Defined Digit Maps -> User Defined Digit MapX -> DigitMap :
                                                                                  (1999|0000000999|11999|10999|110000000999)


Voice Services -> SP1 Service -> X_InboundCallRoute : {(Mblk):spX(2674365139)},{ph}
Voice Services -> SP2 Service -> X_InboundCallRoute : {(Mblk):spX(2674365139)},{ph}
(Obi110) Physical Interfaces -> LINE Port -> InboundCallRoute : {(Mblk):spX(2674365139)},{ph}

change spX (3 places) to wherever you have google voice installed (sp1 or sp2).  

Routing the call to :spX(2674365139) rather than nowhere (nothing after the ":") prevents the caller from ending up in your google voice mailbox when the inbound call is not answered.

"This has not only been fun, it's been a major expense." - Gallagher

babobi

One question: I already have my InboundCallRoute set up as follows:

InboundCallRoute {(1876xx.):},{ph}

This blocks all 876 calls from Jamaica as we received a TON of Lottery scam phone calls from them. How can I incorporate your formula into the already existing configuration, KEEPING the 876 block? If I ONLY create the User Defined Digit Maps (1999|0000000999|11999|10999|110000000999), will this block those calls or must I ALSO incorporate the InboundCallRoute configuration? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, I'm a noob. I don't mind if the calls go to my Google Voice mailbox.

Thanks so much infin8loop! Much appreciated!

infin8loop

Quote from: babobi on May 23, 2012, 08:31:08 PM
One question: I already have my InboundCallRoute set up as follows:

InboundCallRoute {(1876xx.):},{ph}

This blocks all 876 calls from Jamaica as we received a TON of Lottery scam phone calls from them. How can I incorporate your formula into the already existing configuration, KEEPING the 876 block? If I ONLY create the User Defined Digit Maps (1999|0000000999|11999|10999|110000000999), will this block those calls or must I ALSO incorporate the InboundCallRoute configuration? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, I'm a noob. I don't mind if the calls go to my Google Voice mailbox.

Thanks so much infin8loop! Much appreciated!

You could change your InboundCallRoute to: {(1876xx.|1999|0000000999|11999|10999|110000000999):},{ph}

or add the 1876xx. to the Digit Map example I gave:

User Settings -> User Defined Digit Maps -> User Defined Digit MapX -> DigitMap :
                                                                                   (1876xx.|1999|0000000999|11999|10999|110000000999)

The "|" acts as an "or" between the number patterns.   I use the Digit Map for the list of numbers because I block the same numbers across SP1, SP2 and the line port. For "real" 10 digit numbers I put them in the list as x.1231231234 so they match with or without a leading "1" since my inbound google voice callerid shows a leading "1" but my AT&T line does not. Using the Digit Map reference in the InboundCallRoute separates the actual list of numbers allowing them to be updated in one place. Either method will work.  The 2674365139 number is from http://www.humorhotlines.com and plays a silly message. I don't want to give a scammer the satisfaction of getting to my google voice mail box.   



"This has not only been fun, it's been a major expense." - Gallagher

babobi

Awesome! Thanks again infin8loop!

MichiganTelephone

I would THINK you could shorten those patterns a bit to catch more variations, for example:

(1[01]x.|1876x.|1999x.|0x.)

I'm pretty sure that should stop anything starting with:
10 or 11
1876
1999
0
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babobi

Would it prevent European calls from coming in? We have a friend from Germany that calls and those call begin with "11"

MichiganTelephone

Quote from: babobi on May 24, 2012, 09:02:55 AM
Would it prevent European calls from coming in? We have a friend from Germany that calls and those call begin with "11"

Well, what I suggested above would, yes.  So you could use

(10x.|11[90]x.|1876x.|1999x.|0x.)

As long as your friend's Caller ID doesn't start with 110 or 119 that should work. It would then stop anything starting with:
10
119 or 110
1876
1999
0
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curt00

I'm getting calls simultaneously to my 2 lines (SP2 and SP3 are Freephoneline.ca numbers on my OBi202) with Caller ID 1000000.  Here is what is in my Call History:

From '1000000' SP2(1000000)

From '1000000' SP3(1000000)

When I answer the calls, nobody is there.  This caller is calling my 2 lines simultaneously and repeatedly ever couple of hours.  As far as I can tell, this caller is not calling my Google Voice which is assigned to SP1.

How do I block calls from 1000000 or forward them to a black hole?

azrobert

#9
These are probably SIP scanner calls.
You're not getting these on SP1 because GV doesn't use the SIP protocol.
One method to block these is to change the listening ports to a non-standard number similar to:

Voice Services -> SP2 Service -> X_UserAgentPort: 6361
Voice Services -> SP3 Service -> X_UserAgentPort: 6362

Use OBi Expert to make the change.